Life & Works - Antonin Dvorak

Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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One of the best-loved composers of all time, Dvorák rose from rural origins to become not only a great but an influential composer. The first composer to put his native Bohemia on the musical map of the world, he was invited to do the same for America. One result was the famous "New World" Symphony, which made him a household name across the globe. Writing music of irresistible color, lilt and peasant vitality, he was also a melodist-in-a-million. This portrait-in-sound follows a lovable and in many ways a very simple, man from hay cart to imperial palace, from tragic loss to heart-warming joy, to pigeon-raising and world celebrity.

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Serviceable, lightweight bio with music

I love the format, mixing the text with music. I would have been happy with twice or three times as much of each, and would have preferred more depth. I found the narration over the top; the emotion, the cultured accents, were overdone. At times it felt like a Monty Python sketch. But if you're looking for the basics of Dvorak's life and a taste of his music, it's a good choice.

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Nicely balanced

This winning portrait of a composer only now receiving his due — is nicely balanced as are similar Naxos Great courses type presentations.

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Wonderful insight into this great composer's life.

Well written and performed, a treat for anyone interested. Wonderful insight into this great composer's life.

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A superficial analysis of the music and the man

This is the second book I've listened to from this series, and while the music is lovely, the author never really gets into any significant analysis of the composer's character or his compositional methods. I guess I've been spoiled by Robert Greenberg, who does both. This is a lightly researched look at Dvorak, a composer who deserves so much more. It's probably meant to serve as an introduction only, but if you are a classical music enthusiast, I'm afraid it won't tell you much that you don't already know.

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  • 05-11-17

Brilliant semi dramatised biography

Everything good! Fascinating quotes, thoughtful narration, fine cast with good voices, lovely music. I didn't want it to end.

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